22 January 2013

Nigeria: Akiolu - Only God Will Determine Fashola's Successor

The Chairman of the Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs, Oba Riliwanu Akiolu, has told all traditional rulers in the state not to entertain any political actor parading himself as the next governor of the state.

The monarch, who was returned Monday as the council's chairman for another five-year term, also said only God would determine who will succeed the incumbent governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) in 2015 when his second term will end.

Akiolu strongly expressed the view Monday at the inauguration of the new council at Lagos House, Alausa, less than two weeks after Senator Ganiyu Solomon currently representing Lagos West senatorial district in the National Assembly declared that he would be the next governor of the state.

Speaking shortly after the inauguration, the monarch said only God presently "knows who will succeed Governor Fashola. Those who are parading themselves as the next governor are deceiving themselves. They will chop your money and chop your money and nothing will happen. I will not be party to saying this or that man will be the next governor. The future belongs to God."

He however prayed that Fashola's successor would be a person, who would continue in the pace, which he said the present administration had set in the last five years.

He charged Fashola not to slow down the pace of developing strategic infrastructure required in every megacity.

Before the inauguration, Fashola expressed gratitude to all the traditional rulers for their role in keeping the peace in their respective kingdoms, noting that they had indeed continued to promote peaceful co-existence in the state.

He thanked them for warmly receiving many visitors that trooped to the state at the last National Sports Festival that took in Lagos. He said: "You opened arms and received them warmly and they felt at home".

Fashola commended the monarchs, whom he said, aside contributing in reducing the acrimony and rancour usually associated with the installation of Obas, also played advisory role in security, social welfare as well as to the political wheel of the state.

In his address, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Ademorin Kuye, thanked Fashola for returning the council members and also for increasing the council members to 65.

The new council comprises 65 obas and white cap chiefs with Oba Akiolu as the chairman and obas of Badagry, Epe, Ikeja and Ikorodu as the vice chairmen.

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